Char­ity unit in Maugher­aboy

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THE Coun­cil has agreed to give home­less hous­ing char­ity Fo­cus Ire­land funds to buy a house in Springhill Court, Maugher­aboy.

The mo­tion was met with re­sis­tance from Fianna Fáil Coun­cil­lors Tom MacSharry and Seamus Kil­gan­non who raised concerns that the Coun­cil was agree­ing to buy a house where no agree­ment had been made with the seller.

Cllr MacSharry told the Septem­ber meet­ing that it was his un­der­stand­ing that No.20 Springhill Court was back on the mar­ket.

“Do we have ev­i­dence from the ven­dor that there’s no other in­ter­ested par­ties?” he asked Director of Ser­vices Bart­ley Gavin.

Gavin replied that it was his un­der­stand­ing that agents for the ven­dors will sell the house to the Coun­cil sub­ject to the Coun­cil’s ap­prov­ing the mo­tion.

Cllr Gino O’Boyle asked Cllr MacSharry if there was a prob­lem with giv­ing Fo­cus a house in Maugher­aboy. Cllr MacSharry replied that there would be a prob­lem if a third party put a de­posit on the house that day.

Bart­ley Gavin urged the mem­bers to ap­prove the mo­tion and said: “A neg­a­tive re­sponse will not de­liver this house.”

Cllr O’Boyle put it to Cllr MacSharry that “there was no prob­lem when you put trav­ellers into Forthill” re­cently. Cllr Bree asked if Fianna Fáil were “now op­pos­ing so­cial hous­ing.”

Cllr Kil­gan­non said he sup­ported Cllr MacSharry and so­cial hous­ing but said: “There’s a process. We’re agree­ing to buy some­one a house and there’s no agree­ment on it yet.”

Cllr Chris MacManus pointed out that out of six houses bought by the Coun­cil in the last six months, three were ac­quired by Fo­cus with­out any con­tro­versy. The mat­ter went to a vote. Coun­cil­lors voted over­whelm­ingly in favour of al­low­ing Fo­cus Ire­land buy the house. Cllrs MacSharry and Kil­gan­non voted against the mo­tion.

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Lo­cal Prop­erty Tax in Sligo is set to re­main the same next year. Caro­line Quinn.

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